Apex Fire & EMS has placed a new ambulance in service. An older module (purchased from Six Forks) was remounted to a new Chevy G4500. We are also in the process of placing a new USAR vehicle in service, but I will let Apex BC provide those details.
DJ - 11/24/10 - 09:55
Cary is currently working on specifications for a replacement for Rescue 4 to be similar to the current Truck 7, also working on specifications for a replacement for the Mack Service reserve truck, which will be an aerial device (most probably rear-mount 100’-105’ platform), allowing one of the current aerials to be placed into reserve. In similar news former E-1 (2002 Pierce) which was struck by a semi on I-40 has been repaired and has returned to service as a reserve engine. Firehouse 8 is also almost complete with the design process and moving along for a fall 2012 opening.
CFP 7021 - 11/24/10 - 14:38
Not sure the last update from Durham, there has been a few deliveries over the summer. A new mobile support unit, all new battalion units (BC-1, BC-2, BC-3), 2 new ladders (L-1, L-2), 2 new engines (E-9, E-13), and the opening of station 15 (16 total stations). Pictures are on durhamfire.net
DB (Web Site) - 11/24/10 - 14:40
@ DJ.. saw that new AF&EMS unit on a call the other night… is it just me or is the floor of the box a lot higher off the ground than normal? I kept waiting for an air-ride suspension to lower the body… I did like the new graphics.
CFP 7021 - 11/24/10 - 14:42
EMS will take delivery of three Navistar chassis ambulances by early March, one of which will have a bariatric lift gate on the rear. This will expand the fleet of these vehicles to two (EMS-1 and TBD). In addition, replacement SUVs for Chief 200 and MD-2 will be in after the first of the year. Springtime will bring the replacement of several of the Chargers assigned to the APP units. The new Ambulance Strike Team trailer will be ready for use before Christmas.
Olson - 11/24/10 - 17:49
Why are the chargers being replaced? Mileage or are they on a lease agreement. They are not that old are they? Just curious.
gen3fire - 11/24/10 - 23:13
The Chargers are being replaced because they’ve reached service life mileage. They’re being replaced with Explorers because the Charger just didn’t hold up to the demands of the service very well. Turns out the ground clearance is not great for some of our driveways, and the air scoop mount causes water ingestion in deep puddles like those that happen in parking lots. Things that you couldn’t know until you actually used them, and things that don’t appear very much in the life of the law enforcement officers who use them.
CH100 - 11/25/10 - 12:45
@CFP7021- Yeah, they do sit a little higher. I have noticed it with ours and with the SF units. The power lift Stryker cots we have will just clear the back of the floor when sitting on level ground. But then again, if this is the only glitch, then we can get by. My experience so far has been extremely positive with the Chevy…head and shoulders above the E450. Drives better, rides better, runs better…CHEVY’S BACK!!!
DJ - 11/25/10 - 13:31
Skip/Jon, what is an ambulance strike team trailer? Or is that self-evident??
Legeros - 11/25/10 - 14:42
From the name…one pictures a trailer, with armor plating, a pivoting M-134 on each side, a swivel turret on top with a pair of M2’s, a ramp on the back to deploy a heavy weapons squad, and maybe a BGM-71 TOW for good measure…
Gotta love the NIMS terminolgy…
C100 and/or Olson can provide the details.
DJ - 11/25/10 - 16:13
Google finds enough information on the AST concept to fuel adequate speculation. (A process as fun as learning actual facts, no?)
So we imagine, say, five ambos and a supervisor sent on special assignment, along with a trailer of mass-casualty suppiles. Like a smaller Truck.1, maybe?
Legeros - 11/25/10 - 16:50
...and if Lee and me show up on scene together, does that constitute a Fire Photographer Strike Force???
Legeros - 11/25/10 - 16:58
The Ambulance Strike Team or AST concept (really, to be NIMS-correct, an EMS Task Force)is a deployable resource that is part of the State Medical Response System (other components are the SMAT-1, SMAT-2, and SMAT-3 teams). The idea is a pre-configured team that can fulfill two principal functions – (a) evacuation of medical and health care facilities in a threatened area, threatened by storm, wildfire, etc., or (b) augmenting or replacing an EMS system that is devastated by some event, such as a hurricane, as well as meeting other EMS needs.
NC State OEMS is currently building ASTs around the trauma system Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) and point EMS agencies. Wake County is the point agency for NC-AST 8, which will include the EMS agencies of the counties in the Capital RAC.
Using NIMS terminology, an AST (or EMS TF) will consist of a supervisor and several individual resources. We’re thinking an ambulance bus and several ALS or BLS ambulances. The AST trailer is configured to provide logistical support to the AST – supplies, equipment, communications, and a small command area.
Chief Joseph Zalkin is leading the state AST effort, and Chief Jon Olson is the architect of the trailer. Should be out for display sometime soon.
CH100 - 11/26/10 - 15:33